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El Prat Golf. El Prat will be the first stage of the Spain Golf Tour 2023

El Prat will be the first stage of the Spain Golf Tour

With its revival in 2016, the Spain Golf Tour has become an annual event, and recently the PGA of Spain held the 8th annual presentation at the Consejo Superior de Deportes.

A video recapping the highlights of the 2022 season was shown at the presentation, and Pablo Larrazábal gave a message saying that the first tournament on the circuit will be held at the Real Club de Golf El Prat at the start of April.

One of Seve Ballesteros’ goals was to create this circuit so that Spanish pros may participate and train for the major European tournaments. Ander Martínez, president of the Spanish PGA, said that the PGA “tries to choose courses developed by Ballesteros” to honour his legacy.

“Once again we come to offer a circuit that continues to develop and that will add eleven tournaments in 4 regions (Catalonia, the Basque Country, Madrid, and Castilla-y-León), the biggest number of events since the competition returned in 2016. And with the help of Turismo Centro de Portugal, they’ll be able to host 3 international competitions in Portugal”, he adds.

This year, three tournaments will be held in Portugal, two of them at Bom Sucesso golf course, located in Óbidos, north of the capital.

The PGA Spain Golf Tour 2023 schedule will feature 11 events, the most in 8 years, starting with Pablo Larrazábal’s second PGAe Open de Barcelona on RCG El Prat, which overlaps with the season’s first Major, The Masters.

The circuit will continue with the XVII PGAe Doubles Championship, which will be held at Izki Golf, a public course designed by Seve Ballesteros that features a layout of wide fairways surrounded by oaks and holly trees.

At the end of April, the circuit will head to Lisbon for the II Open Bom Sucesso PGAe, and Viseu, for the I Open Montebelo PGAe, one of the new events, which will be contested from May 5 to 7.

The 50th Anniversary of the Lomas-Bosque Golf Club in Madrid will serve as an unbeatable setting to celebrate the Madrid Professional Championship. And almost at the end of June, another course by Ballesteros, Meaztegi Golf, will be the setting for the II Bizkaia PGAe Open.

After the summer break, the IV Portugal-Spain Iberian Cup, in Bom Sucesso; the II Castilla y León Championship, in Entrepinos; the RFEG Professional Spanish Championship and the Circuit Grand Final will arrive, in which the top 40 of the National Ranking will participate.

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Portugal Golf Holidays – Montado Hotel & Golf Resort host of the World Corporate Golf Challenge tournament

Montado Hotel & Golf Resort

Montado Hotel & Golf Resort host of the World Corporate Golf Challenge tournament

The World Corporate Golf Challenge was created in 1993 as a competition open to UK companies and agencies under the sponsorship of its media partner, one of the UK’s largest newspapers, The Times.

The Golf & Business combination was successful that has remained until today. As proof of this, WCGC is nowadays one of the biggest corporate golf events in the world.

The success has already resulted in 34 participating countries, representing more than 3000 companies and covering around 60 TV channels, 26 newspapers and 24 magazines, with 16 top airlines as members. A structure, all of it, with international recognition and prestige.

During the 2020 European Football Championship, another tournament animated the prestigious Montado Hotel & Golf Resort, on May 30th and 31st 2021 which, two months earlier, hosted the International Amateur Championships in Portugal (men and women) and a few days later, hosted the Portuguese qualifications for the European Championships at an amateur level.

Belmar’s team was the great champion of the Montado Golf Course tournament and qualified for the WCGC Audi National Final 2021, for having been the best in the net classification, while Garofalo’s No. 1 team also qualified for the big summit scheduled for the West Cliffs Golf Course in Óbidos (31 July), thanks to the triumph in the gross classification.

The WCGC regulation is clear: the net classification (which selects 4 teams) prevails over the gross (which only qualifies one), but the scoring system, which counts on the results with two players from each team, provides interesting results, as players with high handicaps can win as well as elite players.

Looking only at the net classification, there were 27 players out of a total of 58 with 30 or more points and the best of all was Tiago Costa with 38 points, followed by his partner Bernardo Paes de Vasconcelos with 37 points, the same as José Henriques from JS Partners.

Ricardo Pereira and Rui Coelho were world vice-champions of companies in 2015 and, last year, they won one of the qualifying stages of the WCGC Portugal, in the Algarve, serving another sponsoring company, Turkish Airlines.

There was a very good game by these two winning teams, that not even the heavy rain, almost thunderstorm, which fell for about 15 minutes, was able to stop.

Montado Golf Course is always in good condition, the main variable is the wind but this year the weather was great.

The online tombola, a novelty in 2021, in partnership with Bee Engineering awarded assigned offers to 30 of the 58 participants and there were also special skill prizes for Lúcia Ballayer, Orlando Garcia, João Santos, Tiago Costa and Ricardo Pereira.

The 28th worldwide and 22nd national edition of WCGC Portugal 2021, began in May in Madeira, with the sponsorship of the Madeira Promotion Association, and has now continued in Montado Golf Course with the support of Garofalo. The third qualifying stage will take place at the Axis Ponte de Lima Golf Course on the 26th of June.

The Montado Hotel & Golf Resort had already hosted the National Final last year. This year there will be a fourth qualification at Morgado Golf Course on July 3rd, the Audi National Final will be on July 31st at the West Cliffs Golf Course in Óbidos and, meanwhile, it is already known that the World Final will be again at the Oitavos Dunes Golf Course, in Cascais, from 1 to 5 November 2021.

For Tee Times Golf Agency Montado Golf Course surrounded by famous muscatel vineyards planted a century ago and with some unforgettable holes of great scenic beauty, like number 13, a Par 4 that provides a great view over Palmela Castle and an excellent opportunity for a birdie is a great choice for this famous international tournament.

Also, the Montado Hotel **** with unique tranquillity and its 93 luxurious guest rooms, each overlooking the golf course is ideal for the most relaxing golf break.

We suggest the attractive golf packages for 3 nights accommodation & 2 rounds, 4 nights accommodation & 3 rounds, 5 nights accommodation & 3 rounds, 7 nights accommodation & 5 rounds or a especially golf package to satisfy every customer’s wishes.

For a longer golf break, Pousada de Palmela and Hotel Luna Esperança Centro ****, and the also great and nearby golf courses, Troia Golf Course, Peru Golf Course and Ribagolfe Golf Course, are the ideal complement for the most pleasurable Golf Break in the wonderful Costa Azul region.


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Here comes the West Cliffs in Silver Coast – Óbidos, Golf Course brother of Praia D’El Rey.


West Cliffs Golf Course - Óbidos

Here comes the West Cliffs in Silver Coast, in Óbidos, Golf Course brother of Praia D’El Rey.

Did you know that on North of the Algarve, Praia D’El Rey Golf & Beach Resort in Óbidos is the golf course which receives more golf players in Portugal?  According to data of the CNIG, Praia D’El Rey Golf Course had 38,000 rounds of golf in 2016. In the last 10 years has never been below the 35,000 golf rounds and has already surpassed some times the 40,000 golf rounds, and the large majority of golf players are from north european countries, including Uk and Ireland.

The 18 holes of the nearby West Cliffs Golf Links and clubhouse are scheduled to open in June. Offering a prime location and exclusivity , the golf course will be in the heart of a new 200-acre resort, West Cliffs Resort, adjacent to a stretch of 2.5 kilometres of Golden cliffs and Atlantic coast, with five-star hotel and villas, but with a density of construction of one third compared to that of Praia D’El Rey Golf Resort in Óbidos.

West Cliffs Golf Course, been design in a manner that , players will have the privilege of , overlooking the sea in all golf holes, with the signature of Cynthia Dye, niece of one of the sacred monsters of design of golf courses, the American Pete Dye. It is the first track “Dye” in Portugal and only the fourth in Europe, came to strengthen the golf cluster in this part of the coast with four golf courses (Royal Guardian Bom Sucesso, Óbidos, Praia D’El Rey and now West Cliffs) five minutes of distance between them.

“Our vision was to build a golf course that fits perfectly into the natural environment and that offers a truly wonderful golfing experience,” explains Francisco Cadet, Director of Praia D’El Rey Golf Course in Óbidos and West Cliffs. “So, we haven’t touched in almost anything. We kept the dunes and vegetation – we have also some holes with vegetation in the middle of the fairway, “he adds.

Cynthia Dye corroborates it. She never imagined until a year and a half, that the project ever move forward: “With the Atlantic visible from every hole, West Cliffs is the most natural field imaginable (…)”.

With five tees on each golf hole, Fescue grass in the fairways and , agrostis on the greens West Cliffs Golf Course will be a par-72 with a  maximum of 6382 metres (from black tees), so it’s not a long golf course. “It’s exciting and dramatic, but at the same time has been designed in such a way that it can be enjoyed by players of all skill levels. In one of the most spectacular golf course in Europe, will be a lot of fun to play and I can’t wait to see the reactions of golfers when they get here and see what we have created, “says the director.

As a golfer, Francisco Cadet  believes that West Cliffs Golf Course will be easier than Praia D’El Rey, because as soon as you get to the fairway, there will be no great difficulty – players will have relatively short shots to the greens.

Physical requirement? “It’s not hard to do on foot, but we estimate that nearly half of the players will use buggies, against 25% in Praia D’El Rey. The more complicated are the links between the 15 and 17, which are somewhat uneven, “explains the director.

West Cliff Golf Course started to be promoted in November last year only on the operators and at the moment is already being released to the public. “We started to appear in English, German, Swedish magazines,” explains, the Golf Director.

Be ready to enjoy this fantastic new golf course in June, with Tee Times Golf Agency.